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AMAZING DEAL: Get 50,000 Avios bonus with the new Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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Barclaycard has launched an astonishing deal on its new Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard.

If you apply by 18th July via this link you will receive 50,000 Avios when you spend £3,000 within three months.

This is an unparalleled deal, especially when you remember that the monthly fee for the card is just £20 and that you cancel at any time.

In the very worst case scenario, assuming you can’t get the flight redemptions you want, you could turn your 50,000 Avios into £400 of Nectar points. That’s not a bad sign-up bonus at all …..

Barclaycard Avios

If you don’t want to pay any fee at all, there is also a special offer of 10,000 Avios on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard.

However, I genuinely don’t recommend getting the free card with 10,000 Avios if you believe that you can spend £3,000 in three months to earn 50,000 Avios on the paid card.

The new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard credit cards are impressive

These two new credit cards cards should fundamentally change your Avios collecting strategy if you are based in the UK.

They are, easily, the most rewarding non-Amex travel credit cards on the market and arguably the most valuable Visa or Mastercard credit cards in the UK of any sort. Whilst Barclaycard would love you to swap your Amex card for its Mastercard, there is nothing to stop you running both cards side by side.

Irrespective of what Visa or Mastercard you are currently using alongside your BA Amex card, you should find that these two new cards are better.

I think the cards offer you more than the Virgin Atlantic Reward credit cards, and those were already head and shoulders (in my view) above all other UK Visa and Mastercard products.

Unfortunately, existing Barclaycard holders – which includes the old Hilton Honors card – cannot apply as you are restricted to one Barclaycard credit card at a time. Some cardholders are being targetted with a switching bonus via the Barclaycard app if you want to give up your existing product. If you choose to cancel your existing card you will need to wait six months before making a fresh application.

The application page for Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card (now 50,000 Avios) is here.

The application page for the free Barclaycard Avios credit card (now 10,000 Avios) is here.

There are TWO Barclaycard Avios credit cards

I will run over the benefits of both of the Barclaycard Avios cards below. The bottom line, however, is that I recommend getting the paid card because of the huge 50,000 Avios sign-up bonus. You can always trade down to the free card later.

Let’s summarise the two Barclaycard Avios credit cards:

Barclaycard Avios card

The free card: Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

Note that the card has a representative APR of 23.9% variable.

The benefits are:

  • No annual fee
  • A sign-up bonus for new Barclaycard customers of 10,000 Avios if you spend £1,000 in three months – this is a special offer until 18th July 2022
  • You earn 1 Avios per £1 spent
  • You earn a British Airways cabin upgrade voucher if you spend £20,000 in a card year
  • Whilst not travel related, you also get up to five months of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade for free

You can apply here.

You only need to apply by 18th July 2022.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

The paid card: Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Note that the card has a representative APR of 72.4% variable based on a £20 monthly fee and an illustrative £1,200 credit limit. The APR on purchases is 23.9% variable.

The benefits are:

  • A £20 per month fee (reduced to £15 for customers who hold Barclays Avios Rewards via a Barclays Premier current account)
  • A sign-up bonus for new Barclaycard customers of an astonishing 50,000 Avios if you spend £3,000 in three months – this is a special offer which runs to 18th July 2022
  • You earn 1.5 Avios per £1 spent
  • You earn a British Airways cabin upgrade voucher if you spend £10,000 in a card year
  • You receive Mastercard World Elite privileges (Barclaycard has not yet announced which aspects of World Elite it will be adopting)
  • Whilst not travel related, you also get up to five months of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade for free

You can apply here.

You only need to apply by 18th July 2022.

Note that the fee is paid monthly and you can cancel or downgrade to the free card at any point. This should be possible via the Barclaycard app although some people do not see the offer appearing.

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard credit card

You can learn more in our other article today

There are three additional articles on this deal if you want to learn more:


This is an amazing deal. The ability to pick to 50,000 Avios – worth £400 of Nectar points even if you use them in the least rewarding way! – from a £20 per month credit card is exceptionally generous.

Even if you don’t / can’t apply yourself, how about someone else in your Household Account?

There is also a lot of long term value in these cards:

An earnings rate which blows all other Visa or Mastercard products out of the water:

You honestly couldn’t ask for more from a non-Amex credit card. The earning rate of 1 Avios per £1 (free card) or 1.5 Avios per £1 (fee card) blows all of the competition out of the water. If you value an Avios at 1p, which we do in our articles, then you’d be getting an effective 1% to 1.5% return on your spending. This is 400%-500% more than your typical cashback Visa or Mastercard.

An annual BA upgrade voucher if you hit your spending target:

On top of an outstanding earn rate, you can earn a valuable annual cabin upgrade voucher for an Avios reward flight booking on British Airways. We will look at this in detail in another article this week, but this can easily save you 50,000+ Avios on a typical redemption.

A big sign-up bonus which most HfP readers will qualify for:

For total clarity, you qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card. The only people who don’t qualify are those who currently have another Barclays credit card, or have had one in the last six months.

My personal view is that you should apply for the £20 per month Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card. This gets you:

  • the 50,000 Avios bonus for spending £3,000 in three months (for applications by 18th July)
  • the higher earning rate and
  • the reduced £10,000 target for earning a cabin upgrade voucher

How to apply

You can apply for the free Barclaycard Avios credit card (10,000 Avios bonus until 18th July) here.

You can apply for the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card (50,000 Avios bonus until 18th July) here.

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibly to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points. The site discusses products offered by lenders but is not a lender itself. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as an independent credit broker.

Comments (485)

  • Jonny says:


    Anyone got any experience of how long it takes Barclaycard to up your credit limit from £200 once you’ve supplied proof of income?

    And, is it worth giving them a nudge? And if so, what’s the best method?


    • ianM says:

      I’ve uploaded last two monthly payslips twice and still getting a notification to do just that, and credit limit still £200. There’s no chat function on my app for some reason and phone call is a nightmare, it is utterly hopeless. If I can’t get through on the phone today I will just cancel which I think I can do within 14 days under the CCA

      • Kayan says:

        I’ve had always horrendous experience with Barclays but annoyingly they’re the only provider where you can get Avios points on MasterCard.
        I went to branch yesterday and submitted a complaints.
        Turns out you have to use the Barclays app and not Barclaycard to use the chat function. Hopefully that helps with being able to contact someone.
        Also, the product is so new with Barclays that they don’t know themselves what it is.. so be prepared to do a lot of explaining and perseverance.

  • Den says:

    The 50K bonus offer is very good but after triggering that, I will revert to the free card and not bother to reach the £10K with the upgrade voucher. The Amex 2 for 1 voucher is so much better, on a typical route the Avios points you have to use for Economy to Premium is only 5K less than Premium to Business! Course it does depend on your flight requirements but I will continue to use Amex all the time and use the Barclaycard Mastercard instead of the Virgin Mastercard.

  • Barry cutters says:

    2 questions on this .

    My card credit limit is £2000 . I spend that in a few days . (I renovate property) . I have excellent credit ans my ba amex limit is £30k . All other credit cards normally give me £7.5-10k starting . I can’t do a lot with £2k . I’ve tried to increase in the app but assuming it did nothing as I need to wait a few months of spending before can increase . Even if I could get to £5k that would be a big help .

    Secondly is there a way to refer my Missus and get some points ? If not I’ll use robs link

    • Rhys says:

      No, Barclays doesn’t have a refer a friend scheme. Thanks for using our link 🙂

    • Entitled says:

      Spend, pay down, spend again. It’s not ideal but it doesn’t take long to accomplish.

    • Rob says:

      Obviously you didn’t say what income figure you quoted to Barclays, but it can’t have been so high or you would have been refused, so let’s assume sub £100k. You imply you have £50k+ of outstanding credit on other cards. Frankly, given how Barclays works, I’m surprised you even got taken on given those numbers.

      I would also expect Barclays to get aggressive with you if they start seeing obvious business transactions on the cards, given that they have their own business cards which have a 5x higher interchange fee.

      • Mark says:

        Rob, I don’t think this is necesarily true. I quoted an income well into 6 figures and was given a £35k limit on the card.

        • Rob says:

          I need to get around for applying for my wife, she is in a similar position so it will be interesting to see what happens. She has very little credit exposure in her own name – well under 10% of her income in existing limits.

    • NigelthePensionerr says:

      I applied for the Barclays Business mastercard and got 2% cashback for the first 3 months and now 1% cashback on all purchases. The best going. My credit limit was a laughable £2k for the first 6 months and now they’ve put it up to £5k which will do as as companion to the Centurion which clicks in when ive done the £10k on the BA amex black.
      The way to beat the credit limit is to not do a dd each month but to continually transfer monies into the Bcard MC account and then you will effectively increase your credit limit by increasing your spending ability on the card. Then just pay it all off when the balance is due.
      Barclaycard are the most disorganised credit card company imaginable bit I have bern able to source a young lady who is the absolute epitomy of ability and helpfulness. However you will have to do your own research on this – just like I did!!

  • JohnNI says:

    My wife applied for card last Sunday and got the need to do further checks response. Without any notification card arrive Thursday and she is now up and running.

  • Mike says:

    I’ve just applied for the card and was successful.
    Unbeknown to me I already had a Barclaycard from around 2011 that only came to light when I tried to register the card. I now have the two cards although I have no intention of using this existing card. This new card came with a credit limit of £14,000.

  • Conor Smith says:

    Can I apply for the 50,000 bonus then downgrade to the free card once Ive spent £3000, without loosing the points?

  • James says:

    Major issues with Apple Pay just not letting me set it up. Call centre are useless, some say it’s not enabled yet, others say it’s being done in batches but they seem unsure. It goes most of the way through setup but fails after ‘contacting card issuer’. Tried setting up through wallet directly and also the barclaycard app. Anyone else has issues? It’s a faff when all my other cards are on Apple Pay.

    • Paul P says:

      Having exactly the same issue. All my cards have Apple Pay. I rarely use the real cards.

      So I really need this to work sooner rather than later.

    • NigelthePensionerr says:

      Try using a PC – proper computer and an Android phone!! What is it about people who want to pay £1000 for a phone which is out of date 9 months later? 🙄🙄 🤣🤣🦕🦖

  • polly says:

    Just wasted 2 hrs of my life. The application page will just not recognise my home address, as there is NO house number… how in earth do l get around this, without having to phone them tomorrow?
    Has anyone else had this issue?

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